A report in Sun-Herald has revealed that some parents are so desperate to enrol their children into public schools with good academic records that they have gone so far as to produce fraudulent documents to claim they live within that school’s zone.
Many of schools are so full that principals refuse to accept out-of-area enrolments, even if siblings are already at the school, and insist that parents produce several pieces of original identification with a current address before a child is enrolled. But despite the strict rules around enrolments, and warnings from schools about the severe penalties for making false claims about addresses, parents are increasingly finding ways to secure a spot at their school of choice.
The Sun-Herald listed one example of a mother swearing a false statutory declaration about her address to enrol her child in a popular eastern suburbs school while online parenting forums are littered with tips for rorting the enrolment rules, including “borrowing” a stranger’s address.
Parents use the addresses of family members to claim they live in the catchment of a school, while real estate agents in sought-after areas say they are swamped with rental applications in January as families try to secure an address in the area.